22k gold filled bee necklace. Amazing ancient Greek jewelry! A unique piece of Minoan bee pendant, made by following fine techniques according to Greek tradition. The bees of Malia are considered one of the most definitive archaeological findings of jewelry from the Minoan civilization. These gold bees are depicted storing away a drop of honey in a honeycomb.
The honeybees pendant was discovered in the ancient cemetery of the Minoan Palace of Malia on the island of Crete, and is thought to date to c.1800 BC. The site of the ancient cemetery is named Chryssolakkos, because of the many precious objects found there.
One of the most renown jewelry designs of all time, The Bees of Malia, is displayed at the 'Heraklion' archaeological museum in Crete. The piece is striking not only because of its unusual composition and intricate rendering, but also because of its significance in the ancient world.
❊ Material: Silver, plated with a thick layer of 22k Yellow Gold ❊ Charm Size: 3.5*3.5 cm / 1.37*1.37 inches